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The Paula’s Choice Multri Treatment works pretty well!
Looking forward to reading the answers on this one! I agree with the Mario Badescu drying lotion. The MB drying *cream* and the Buffering Lotion (not technically a spot treatment but I use it as one if I have a particularly bad spot) are also really great at spot treating too! I usually alternate between the three if I’m fighting a bad breakout.
Time. Nothing else seems to work. 😀
I swear by Peter Thomas Roth’s sulfur clay mask. I will just leave it on for a few hours or over night, sucks out blemishes big and small in one treatment, and reduces the cystic ones’ lifespans significantly (those take a couple days). Just take off your jewelry before using it – the sulfur tarnishes metal..
Hydrocolloid band-aids, surprisingly. They only work on acne ready to pop but they will suck most of the gunk out. I’ve noticed nearly overnight a spot will flatten and it heals faster. It also helps a ton with pain from deeper cysts.
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel! At 57 y.o., I still get breakouts. My t-zone is oily and large pored, so there’s that. This one actually WORKS. and considering I’ve been dealing with zits or outright acne when younger, I’ve tried MANY a product. This is the one I go to!
I’m the same as you Christine. It’s always been the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I haven’t ever found a spot treatment that both works and doesn’t damage or irritate my skin.
My cat nearly looks the same. The hair is a little bit longer.
At the moment I am trying a powder from Mario badescu and like it. The other products like the drying lotion or cream were all sold out. But I will try them next time I get a discount on these products. Seems that his products don’t only have good reviews but also are really good.
Hahaha cool! And that’s his summer coat (he’s half Maine Coon) so currently he’s super-duper fluffy so they’re probably twins right now XD.
I use a prescription topical antibiotic — clindamycin — that my dermatologist arranged, since even still I break out and nothing over the counter was working.
Makeup Artists Choice 15% Salicylic Acid Peel. I dab it on with a Qtip and leave it for 4minutes. I follow up as needed but even with large cysts with no “head” it is remarkable how quickly it reduces them.
Neutrogena On the Spot.
My son is having great results with Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10. It’s got my vote.:)
Skinceuticals blemish and age defense. I only rarely get breakouts and the rare cystic acne these days (yay!) but I swear by this when I do.
Didn’t let it develop enough before the Cosrx hydrocolloid, methinks. They do work under the right conditions. Tried 3 pink powders; like the Mizon Acence best. (Alcohol: sorry, Paula.). Like the Paula bha 9, usually takes it down, no matter what the inflammation is from, e.g. ‘Real’ pimple, just a swelling, or a cc. Paula 9 does not have the drawing power, but it does have shrinkage and pain relief.
For me was a change gamer the combination of AHA+BHA, mainly Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 and then Paula’ s Choice 2% BHA Liquid!
Just any regular drugstore brand Tea tree oil. The best! My husband uses it too. It also dries up and speeds up the healing of cold sores! I even use it in my ear with a bit of olive oil if I feel there’s fluid in my ear.
Origins Spot Remover. I tried it last night just to be sure before I posted, and yup, works great!
Using BHA regularly. I find that constant care of you skin does more wonders than spot treatments. But with BHA you need to find the right strength for you problems; and also, how often to apply to get results (and not dry your skin in the process).
Kate Somerville’s EradiKate, which has 10% sulfur as the active ingredient.
Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix, hands down.
Acne.org treatment gel
Dermalogica Special Clearing Booster has worked better for me than anything else I’ve found so far.